Garden Of Delights by Fernando Arrabal
Produced by Dirt [contained] Theatre Company, in association with LIC-A
Directed by Maria Swisher
Associate produced by Edjo Wheeler
July 26th-August 13th, Wed, Fri, Sat & Sun at 8pm at The Plaxall Gallery, 5-25 46 Avenue, Long Island City, NY.
At Dirt [contained], we make theatre that is both bold and bawdy, honest and intelligent. We strive for eloquence in absurdity, authenticity in chaos. We look at the universal stuff of life in the context of the now. We explore a future of inspired dreams and terrifying nightmares.
Dirt[contained] Theatre Company's production of this surrealistic play takes its audience on an immersive journey through a transformed warehouse gallery and into a fantastical dreamscape. Arrabal's "Garden of Delights" follows protagonist Lias, a charming, yet self-loathing actress, through a bizarre and unflinching look at her sadomasochistic experience of love and art. Isolated in her home with only her grotesque, beast-like partner and a flock of child-like sheep to distract her from her troubled past, she spirals down into painful memories that blur the line between reality and imagination. Garden addresses the fundamental and timely question of whether we can and should escape the world as it becomes a more hostile and violent place in favour of building our own private castles to dwell in.
By backing Dirt [contained], you are supporting an exciting young company at a critical time in our development. We are so excited to be producing our second full-scale show in New York! So far we have:
- Received a generous donation in performance and rehearsal space from Long Island City Artists at The Plaxall Gallery
- Secured our performance license for the production
- Brought Jan Paulo Musni over from the west coast to Assistant Direct
- Hired Charlotte Meyers and Jihee Choi as our Production Manager and Stage Manager
- Teamed up with Giannini Gutierrez for our scenic design
- Hired Daniel DeMello PR to handle our Press and Marketing
- Cast a team of talented actors including Olivier Renaud and Adam Giannone and begun an intensive rehearsal process
Your Support Will Help Us
- Prioritize reviews and write-ups with a full time PR/Marketing role in our budget and a longer three week run
- Buy lighting equipment to light a non-traditional theatre space
- Pay for advertising and printing to promote our production
- Help us design a versatile set that can be struck each night
- Rent chairs for the audience
- Pay for liability insurance for our venue
Dirt [contained] Theatre Company is made up of Tana Sirois and Maria Swisher. We began working together in 2008 during our time at University training at The Liverpool Institute For Performing Arts in England. We developed our creative relationship working on political theatre methods of Augusto Boal during a devised production of Pinocchio.
In 2010, we produced our first co-produced and co-directed production: a post apocalyptic take on Ionesco’s The Chairs. We continued working together throughout our years at LIPA, both graduating with a first class BA (Hons) in Acting in 2011. Immediately after graduation, we were honored to receive support from The Arts Council England for a production of our original science fiction play, The Last Eden, written by Swisher and directed by Sirois at The Kazimier, Liverpool, UK. Dirt [contained] performed as a visiting company at the invitation of the Liverpool Shakespeare Festival’s Richard III, Come and Have a Go.
In 2015 the company moved back to the states, premiering a New York debut production of Robert Shearman’s Sunday Times Award Winning play, Easy Laughter, at The Alchemical Theatre Laboratory.
Over the past year, we have been devising live performances for Long Island City Artists' art gallery events.
“Easy Laughter has been staged many times over the years, but this New York revival is the best production I’ve ever seen.” — Easy Laughter Playwright, Robert Shearman
Thank you for helping Dirt [contained] produce our largest and most ambitious production to date!
Even a $1 donation will warm our hearts.
Garden of Delights has a strong meta appeal for theatre people, as well as artists, thinkers, political activists, and anyone living through politically chaotic times and we can't wait for you to see it!
Dirt [contained] Theatre Company
Risks and challenges
Garden of Delights is certainly our largest undertaking so far, and could be quite a design heavy show which relies on some rather fantastical happenings. Audiences, we think, deserve to see work that is different than anything they have seen before. The material is difficult and seldom produced, but we are prepared to face the challenge with stylistic flexibility, humour, and experimentation. Our partnership with LIC-A puts us in a great position to tackle this incredibly challenging type of work with a team to support us. We are excited to invest our money and energy into scenic elements in a way we've never had the opportunity to do before.
We also know that we may be facing some new challenges in selling tickets outside of Manhattan during the late summer months. However, in meeting our fundraising goal, we will have the ability to hire the best team to market a unique show, which although staged in LIC, is close to transportation from midtown Manhattan.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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